Groundwater Development School

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Groundwater Development School (GDS) is a 4-week comprehensive training programme that educates graduates and professionals on how to develop a groundwater supply. The course provides a holistic approach to groundwater supply and includes every aspect of siting, developing, managing, and monitoring a groundwater source. This is combined with a hands-on experience learning directing, and working professionally with local contractors and a partner charity to provide an appropriately sited and constructed borehole to a community.

Water security remains a key issue for much of the world, 2.2 billion people lack access to safely managed drinking water. Groundwater is the solution for many communities, especially in rural areas with extended dry seasons, often made worse and less predictable by climate change. There is a significant and growing demand for boreholes to be drilled. Importantly, poorly sited and constructed boreholes, which are common across the globe, lead to high rates of borehole failure, poor yields and wasted money.

The Groundwater Development School provides training to improve technical capacity and reduce the rates of failure which will improve outcomes for vulnerable communities and donors. There is a lack of supply and a high demand for these skills and this course will be hugely beneficial for those wishing to develop careers in Humanitarian, Development and WASH sectors.

Groundwater Relief (GWR) specialises in the sustainable development and management of groundwater resources. Our object as a charity is to bring people out of poverty and relieve suffering through providing communities and households with better access to groundwater resources. GWR’s core staff and our global volunteer membership of over 320 groundwater experts have undertaken over 100 projects in the last 5 years, with some of the world’s most vulnerable people, providing direct technical support to a range of partners including International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF), Oxfam, Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF-F, MSF-OCB), and the British Red Cross.

GWR has multiple years of experience in training groundwater professionals in borehole construction with one off drilling trainings in Bangladesh and Myanmar amongst others and GWR founded the annual drilling school in the UK with RedR and Cranfield University. Years of feedback from course attendees has helped GWR create the GDS syllabus in Uganda to provide a comprehensive hands-on training programme.

Information Webinars are on 25th February at 1pm (GMT) and 24th March at 1pm (GMT). Further details on the website

Fee information

£3900 per person, covers 4-week training course, accommodation, food, internal transport and course consumables. Excluding flights, vaccinations, visas. There will be some scholarships available.

How to register

Applications are open now and the first round closes on March 8th 2021.

The second round of applications will end on April 4th 2021.

Please download the application form from the bottom of this webpage.

To apply please email your completed application form and CV to